Abenobashi Magical Shopping District (2002 IMDb)


TV animation series. Parody, coming-of-age. Yamaga.


The Abenobashi (~“Abe's bridge”) shopping district, an open mall, is going out of business, shop by shop. An old man falls from a rickety platform. His granddaughter sees him caught miraculously before hitting the ground, which marks the beginning of a great escape from reality. The granddaughter and a boy make a journey through a series of alternate Abenobashis. At first they chase a goblin who seems to know how to navigate, but they soon realize that every bizarre new world the couple enters is a realization of a geeky fascination.


The Engrish in the opening theme ranks right up there with classics like Hellsing (2001). Loads of allusions (as always) and genre destruction. Zombie Masa-ji-Plissken-Brown was particularly amusing, and this is probably the first time I've seen Monty Python copied in anime. More coherence and maturity, and less mindless fan service, would have helped a lot.

References here: Mahoromatic: Automatic Maiden (2001).

Gainax Japanese production Yamaga Hiroyuki animation series